Sam is as precocious as pigs come.
A follow-up to the introductory World of Sam (2012), this outing focuses on what the daring pig can do. The activities range from imaginative and amusing, such as when Sam organizes a rock show in his bedroom, discovers aliens at a picnic and plays dress up (at the reader’s whim), to a bit vague and even strange, as when he refuses to “drink poison” (medicine) for a cold, “look[s] for something” in his room, and “doesn’t trust [the] appearance” of his wrapped Christmas gifts. Sam also “sorts” the trash (it all ends up on the floor), stands on teetering chairs to build block towers and initially sits backward on the slide because he “doesn’t suffer from vertigo.” All the while, Sam’s off-the-page parents chime in with comments and instruction, which rarely advances the story. And many may take issue with the fact that Sam’s bravery, the point of the book, is illustrated on the first page, when he rings a doorbell then dashes to hide. Cleverly illustrated and packed to the brim with entertaining, tappable action on every page, the app excels in sight and sound, however, which far surpass the directionless narrative.
Sam may be daring, but it’s too bad it’s to no apparent purpose. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)